Monday, December 10, 2018

Audiobook Review - NOS4A2 by Joe Hill @joe_hill

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Narrated by Kate Mulgrew
Publisher: HarperAudio
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Date Read: November 18, 2018
Length:  19 hours 41 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
My Review

I liked this book quite a lot.  I read Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill years ago and liked it but for some reason had never picked up anything else by the author.  I have been hearing great things about this book for years and added the book to my audiobook library when I caught it on sale about a year ago.  I am glad that I decided to finally listen to it because it was really well done.  I found that I kept needing to listen for just a little bit longer simply because I had to know what would happen next.

This was a big story.  We first meet Vic as a child.  She has a special ability to find lost items with her bicycle and a magical covered bridge that seems to appear exactly where it is needed.  Charlie Manx has his own special ability that involves a classic Rolls Royce and a trip to Christmasland.  Christmasland might sound like fun but I don't think I will be trying to take a trip there anytime soon.

I grew to really like Vic over the course of this story.  She wasn't perfect and made quite a few mistakes but I felt like she was always trying.   Since nobody else could see or hear the things that were happening to her, she thought that she was crazy but she kept trying to move forward in her life.  I thought that Lou complimented Vic perfectly.  I loved how supportive they were of each other and how they both wanted what was best for their son.

I loved the way that this book was able to keep me guessing.  The story took a lot of twists and turns and I was never quite sure which direction things would go.  There were moments that were quite creepy and some that were truly horrible.  No matter how bad Manx and his sidekick were, I always had faith that Vic would be able to work things out.  This book really was a journey with lots of pieces clicking into place to make a complex picture.

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Kate Mulgrew's narration and she did a phenomenal job with this book.  I am so glad that I made the decision to listen to this story because I really do feel like she added to the experience.  She handled a wide variety of character voices very well and added to the intensity of the story.

I would recommend this book to others.  This was a very well done story filled with great characters and enough creepy situations to keep me hooked from beginning to end.  I can't wait to read more from Joe Hill soon.
About the Author

Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner-award winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key.

26 comments:

  1. I read this one :D ANd liked it. I guess I should read more, I have not read Heart like you

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    1. I just finished another book by Hill and liked it as well. I think you would like the audio with Kate Mulgrew's narration.

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  2. i guess good writing runs in the family? I am keen but too scared to read Joe Hill, I usually stay away from that genre unless it is too good to pass up

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    1. I guess it does! I really can read just about any genre and like to mix things up.

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  3. This has been sitting on myself since it was released - seriously, it was a preorder. I have no excuse!

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  4. I'm glad you liked this one. It's on my list. I've read his graphic novel series Locke and Key and the book Horns by him and loved all of it, so I need to read more of his novels.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I still need to get to both of those but did enjoy this one.

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  5. I haven't read any of his work, but I think I have a book or two on my Kindle. I have heard a lot of good things about him and need to move it higher up the shelf.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read some of his work soon, Sherry!

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  6. I'm so glad your latest plunge into Hill's writing was another success. I've heard good stuff about this one in particular. Yay for picking a story off the backlog and really enjoying it.

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    1. It is great pulling an older one off the shelf and having a great time with it.

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  7. That's an author that I heard great things about

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  8. I've been meaning to read a Joe Hill book. Maybe I will go audio then!

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    1. Kate Mulgrew does a fantastic job with this book, Grace!

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  9. I've seen this author and some of his books but have not tried one. Isn't it sort of in the horror genre or am I confusing it with something else? Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I think it would be considered horror although I have never been scared by a book.

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  10. Ha! I love that you read this. I was just listening to a booktuber who has been reading it all week for a Christmas read-a-thon challenge. Perfect timing! I'm glad you enjoyed NOS4A2. Do you tend to like horror books?

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    1. I really read a little bit of everything but do enjoy horror.

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  11. I've seen this book around, mostly around Halloween, and I've wanted to try it. I love a good scary story. I'll make sure to try for an audio copy.

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    1. This book ties into Christmas really well since there is a place called Christmasland that is a major part of the story. Audio is definitely the way to go!

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  12. It is so fun when they can keep you guessing. And whoa that's a long audio!

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    1. I really didn't think it was all that long. I have listened to a lot of the Outlander series and some of those books are over 50 hours so it is all relative.

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  13. It sounds like as you read the book the love for the mystery and the characters grew over time. I like the sound of that a lot, especially Vic's character. The premise of her being good at finding things is so intriguing and I have actually been hearing good things about his books lately too.

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    1. I do think that I liked this one more and more and I continued to read.

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